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Series of Blasts, Rocket Fire Rock Kabul as Taliban Targets Diplomatic Area ('Spring Offensive') [View all]

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Source: RT, The Guardian

Series of blasts, rocket fire rock Kabul as Taliban targets diplomatic area

Published: 15 April, 2012, 14:04

At least a dozen large explosions, followed by rocket fire and automatic gunfire, struck Kabul on Sunday in what appears to be a coordinated attack on the diplomatic area and the NATO base. The Taliban says it's behind the attacks.

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Several attackers have entered the Afghan parliament in Kabul, a local official says. Residents across the city also reported explosions near the parliament building.

A witness says a rocket-propelled grenade also hit the residence of the British ambassador in Kabul.

Suicide bombers are said to have taken over a Kabul hotel known to be used by foreigners, launching rocket and rifle fire.

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Explosions and gunfire rock Kabul

Rockets fired at parliament building in apparently co-ordinated assault on government and diplomatic areas

guardian.co.uk, Sunday 15 April 2012 06.15 EDT

A series of explosions followed by sustained gunfire have shaken the Afghan capital in what appeared to be a co-ordinated attack on two areas frequented by Afghan government officials and their international allies.

The first blasts struck the Wazir Akbar Khan area of central Kabul, home to a number of embassies and a Nato base. Gunfire broke out soon after, forcing people into the street to take cover. Smoke could be seen rising from a few buildings as sirens wailed.

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Attackers also fired rockets at the parliament building, in the west of the city, and at the Russian embassy, a spokesman for the parliament said.

Militants who had staked out positions in a tall building were firing rockets in different directions, according to an Associated Press reporter at the scene. It was not immediately clear what they were targeting.

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